Geographic Information Visualization and Analysis (GIVA)

The GIVA group is responsible for teaching and research in geographic information science at the GIScience Center of the Department of Geography, together with the GIS and Geocomputation groups.

GIVA Mission

Discover and teach new insights on how to creatively design geographic information displays that encourage healthy engagements with the world.

Our Vision

Smart geographic information displays that offer equitable access to knowledge, are engaging to use, and empower all citizens to live a healthy and environmentally sustainable life, in a diverse, democratic, and mobile digital information society.

More on our research interests...

We develop adaptive visualizations of geographically relevant information for mobile, digital citizens
Emotions in New York City tweets during Covid-19
Flu in canton Bern, July 1918 - December 1919
Assessing the effectiveness of pedestrian navigation assistant systems
Dynamically changing map design based on neurofeedback and user emotions

News

  • From September 30 – October 2, 2021 the DSI Community Mobility and UZH Innovation Hub organised the Innovathon 2021: The Digitalization of Mobility 

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  • How will navigation systems of the future make us smarter?
    When we move through a city today, we often focus more on our smartphone screen than on the road while finding our way. Does this mean we're losing the important ability to orientate ourselves? 

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  • Modeling Patterns in Map Use Contexts and Mobile Map Design Usability
    ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf.
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  • Assessing how visual search entropy and engagement predict performance in a multiple-objects tracking air traffic control task
    Elsevier
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  • Toward flexible visual analytics augmented through smooth display transitions
    Visual Informatics
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    Workshop report of the Schloss Dagstuhl Seminar 19192
    > "Visual Analytics for Sets over Time and Space"

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  • Real-time geospatial surveillance of localized emotional stress responses to COVID-19: a proof of concept analysis
    Health and Place
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    > givauzh.shinyapps.io/NYC_tweets/

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  • Space-Time Dependence of Emotions on Twitter after a Natural Disaster
    Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 
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  • Does diet map with mortality? Ecological association of dietary patterns with chronic disease mortality and its spatial dependence in Switzerland
    British Journal of Nutrition
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  • Harm Avoidance and Mobility During Middle Childhood and Adolescence among Hadza Foragers
    Human Nature (2021) 32:150–176
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  • Can Big Data Be Used to Monitor the Mental Health Consequences of COVID-19?
    Int J Public Health
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